5 EPIC Shots for Real Estate Drone Videos

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Buying a drone is a BIG first step, but if you really want to unleash the raw power of drone videography, you’ll need to learn a few basic techniques that can create EPIC aerial footage.

Since I’ve managed to nail down a handful of shots that deliver good, consistent results, I figured I would put together this video to explain exactly what I’m talking about…

The Descent

In this shot, the idea is to start above and slightly in front of the property you’re filming. Once you’re in this position, with the camera facing down, you can simply drop in from above while simultaneously tilting the camera up to track with the property.

A nice variation on this shot is to do the start from the ground, with the camera facing forward, and then ascend while tilting the camera down (basically, the reverse process from the descending move).

Both of these shots will give your footage a cinematic and professional look, because it requires some coordination (not much, mind you – but some). Anybody can just fly over a property without changing the direction of the camera, but once you start developing and using your skills as a real estate cinematographer, it will have a major and lasting effect on the final presentation of the property.

The Overhead Shot

This is probably the easiest shot in the list, because you simply need to point your camera directly down and fly over the property. When using the overhead shot, you can start by hovering low over the focal point of the property and then move the drone higher in altitude while rotating the drone. This will give you a nice view of not only the property, but also its immediate surroundings – and since it introduces new surroundings throughout the shot, it’s an exciting and interesting visual experience for the viewer.

Another way to shoot the overhead shot is to start from end of the property and fly to the other (as if you’re traveling through). This shot isn’t necessarily the most informative (because it only shows the property’s roof and footprint, similar to a survey), but it is a nice way to add a perspective of the property that isn’t typically seen with the other shots in this type of video.

The Spotlight

For this part of your video, the objective is to fly horizontally around the house, lot or building, while keeping the camera locked on the focal point of the property. This kind of camera movement requires a bit of skill because you’ll have to coordinate the timing of how fast you move around the property with how quickly you pan the camera to stay locked on the property itself.

Some drones now have a “spotlight” tracking feature, which will allow you to lock onto any moving object (e.g. – a car, a person, a dog, etc.) and the camera will stay locked on that point, regardless of where you fly. In my experience, these systems have a harder time locking onto objects like buildings, because they don’t move. Nevertheless, if you’re able to get your drone camera to recognize a house or building as the focal point of your shot, this could potentially make the process much easier for you.

The Reveal

This is a great way to open or close a real estate video. In this shot, the idea is to approach the property from a distance and eventually fly over while keeping the camera on the property. Again, this one will take a reasonable amount of coordination, though with a little bit of practice, you’ll probably find it’s not terribly difficult (especially if you have your gimbal responsiveness setting adjusted to be slower, which will make the camera movement much less “jerky”). I use this one all the time and it always makes me sit back and say, “Wow, that looks awesome.”

The great thing about this shot is that in many cases, you can also reverse the clip and rather than having a “reveal”, it’s more of a backwards fly-over, which keeps the spotlight on the focal point of the property. Either way you play the footage, it looks great!

The Slider

One of the cool things about drones now days is that they’re getting more and more dynamic in their abilities. Rather than buying a whole additional set of camera equipment to achieve a “slider” effect with your camera, you can effectively use your drone to capture a very similar perspective. With this shot, you can start your drone at a lower altitude of 6 feet or so (eye-level) and move the drone from side to side or forward and backward to give a slider effect of the property.

Try to move the drone very slowly (no faster than you could walk). In this shot, the goal is NOT to make it look like you’re using a drone, but to simply give the viewer a moving perspective of the property (as if they’re walking around it themselves).

23 Comments

  1. Jamie Hines on November 22, 2020 at 9:01 pm

    Great video and awesome suggestions. One question what resolution and frame rate do you personally use? Thanks

  2. Brendan O'Mara on November 22, 2020 at 9:03 pm

    Nice – Thanks!

  3. DaBeast34 on November 22, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    Wow nice video and thx for putting them in the description too

  4. Magic City Drone Pilot on November 22, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    I’m just starting out. I have been an amateur semipro photographer for years, but this was helpful. Thanks!

  5. Beepin 4 Gold on November 22, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    Absolutely fantastic shots. Can’t wait to try these next time. 👍

  6. Aces Up Media on November 22, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    I like how you break it down, man! Good info here, I use a lot of the same techniques.

  7. RoadKingHD FOREVER on November 22, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    I recommend learning to do everything in manual mode instead of relying on intelligent flight modes. You will be a much better pilot doing it yourself.

  8. Mohsin Vids on November 22, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    What’s the music in starts?

  9. Dana Schoen on November 22, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    very good content. high density and on point. Thanks for the work. One tiny suggestion. Never use the word "guys" as in "hi guys" thanks guys". Its a verbal crutch like "um". Edit it out, don’t use it in the first place, what ever. You will come off a level above people who can’t let it go.

  10. Magnum on November 22, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    Great tips. Trying to get into the real estate drone video market. Subbed you.

  11. Shoot Cut Deliver on November 22, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    Thanks for this !

    You might want to add a simple s curve on your shots have them pop a bit !

  12. RoadKingHD FOREVER on November 22, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    Excellent tutorial bro. Thank you!

  13. MrKlyde44 on November 22, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    Trash flying

  14. Jarret Chambers on November 22, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    Thumbs up

  15. Ever Zamora on November 22, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    👏 dang! awesome. imma save this on a special playlist…Keep it up dude and God bless you🙏

  16. Ralph Long III on November 22, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    Very helpful thank you. I’m waiting for my drone to come in the mail as I type.

  17. Michael McTigue on November 22, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    Thank you. What kind of software do you use to edit?

  18. Daniel Bear on November 22, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    I will have to share this with every drone hire here on out! Thanks Seth.

  19. Kevin St Croix on November 22, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    The term cinematographer is used loosely in different industries. Videography, while isn’t as prestigious, is the correct title for this work.

  20. Smoe Jith on November 22, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    Thanks!! Drone "money shots" for RE..

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  22. Bodrum Drone & Action on November 22, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    very helpful and great info
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  23. Matt Paul on November 22, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    In min 4:00, That mode is called Point of Interest in the Dji GO 4 APP if you fly a Dji sUAS.

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